Jerry Taliaferro was born in the small southern town
of Brownsville, Tennessee. After graduating high school in May 1972, he joined
the Army. Almost a year later he entered the United States Military Academy
at West Point and graduated four years later as a member of the Class of 1977.
His real interest in photography began when he was posted to Fort Bragg, North
Carolina for Special Forces training in 1981. While serving in Germany, his
interest in photography continued to grow and in 1985 he was published for
the first time when a Munich magazine purchased the rights to one of his images.
After returning to the United States in the Summer
of 1985, Jerry began doing assignments for advertising and design firms. In
July 1988, he left the military and began his pursuit of a career in commercial
Over the ensuing years, his interest turned more to
fine art photography. This change in direction has resulted in several projects
and published pieces. Women Of A New Tribe, a photographic study of the spiritual
and physical beauty of black women is one of his latest projects.
"Warbirds of the 332nd FG"
P-47 Thunderbolt Print by Jerry Taliaferro
The Republic P-47 Thunderbolt
was a large rugged and powerful fighter aircraft that was more than capable
of holding its own against its Axis adversaries. The "Jug", as it
became affectionately nicknamed, was the most produced U.S. fighter of the Second
World War. It was flown by many U.S. Allies and deployed to all theaters.
As with many of the aircraft
used by the 332nd FG, the initial Thunderbolts received were hand-me-downs.
The first P-47s came from the 325th FG, the "Checkertails". This aircraft
replaced the less capable P-39 AiraCobra that equipped the 100th, 301st and
302nd Fight Squadrons. One of the variants used by the 332nd FG was the P-47D
"Razorback" bare metal or painted OD. The P-47's were the first 332nd
aircraft to bare the distinctive red tails that would become the signature marking
of the group. While the P-47 was used by the 332nd FG only for a few weeks,
the acquisition of the P-47 was significant in that it marked a change in the
unit's missions from the more tactical (ground support) to the more strategic
Print is available in
the following overall sheet sizes:
17" by 22"
13" by 19"
Jerry is dedicated to
presenting and preserving the history of the first black aviators in the form
of aviation art. After meticulous research, he uses a process in which carefully
crafted special effects photographs are digitally manipulated to create realistic
depictions of events and aircrafts. The final part of the process is review
of the image by a group of subject matter experts which includes historians,
modelers, hobbyists, and in some cases actual witnesses. His first goal is to
be as historically accurate as possible.
is subject to availability at time of order. Although seller strives to remain
currrent as to inventory, seller reserves the right to cancel a sale if item
is no longer available at time of purchase.